The B.C. Wildfire Service says the Tugwell Creek wildfire is “100% contained”, with crews carrying out a final mop-up of the area.
Jul 8 – 5:02 PM: Today, the Tugwell Creek #BCwildfire is 100% contained, and crews are working inwards from the perimeter with mop up activities. Resources on site include 63 firefighters, two pieces of heavy equipment, seven water tenders and two helicopters. https://t.co/ST1B7glCxx
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 9, 2018
The wildfire broke out just 18 kilometers northwest of Sooke on Monday, July 2. By Wednesday, winds saw the fire grow to around 85 hectares in size with the fire classified as officially out-of-control.
The high winds also carried the fire’s smoke southwards towards Greater Victoria, with many residents reporting smelling the smoke.
Twenty additional firefighters were called in to battle the blaze on Wednesday, working into the night. Crews efforts, mixed with scattered showers and cooler temperatures on Thursday saw the wildfire finally shrink in size.
The fire is suspected to be human-caused, but the investigation is still ongoing.